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Location: Tulsa, OK
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I learned wood carving from a Master Carver while I was living in China. Unfortunately when I returned, "life" and the need to earn a steady income took over and I boxed my tools away for many years. In Jan of 2009 I found and unpacked the boxes containing all my tools.
That was a "kid in a toy store" day for me! What memories! I spent the next few days cleaning and sharpening my tools, then grabbed anything I can get ahold of and started carving. I am thrilled that what I learned years ago came right back.
Since that day, I've added new carving tools and taken over our 2-car garage completely, to my wife's chagrin. We did add a new 16x30 shed in the back acre, but we've only been able to move excess household stuff into it to give me more moving-around room in my garage "shop".
Now that I am retarded - I mean retired - I am glad I have a new purpose in my life - a reason to get dressed in the morning and get to work because I want to! LOL!
I am now busier and having more fun working with wood than I've had in a long time!
January 1, 2013 Update: I had a wonderful 2012 and hope y'all did as well. With the encouragement of friends and relatives, I entered seven of my work at the 47th Annual Artistry in Wood in Oklahoma City last October. I am super delighted to report that five of my carvings won Blue Ribbons and the other two Red ones. And of the Blue Ribbon winners, the Calla Lily won the Best of Show - a Gold Ribbon!
The icing on the cake came when I was voted the "Carver of the Year" at the Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers Association in December. I treasure that win because there are many accomplished and suburb artists whom I admire and respect in that organization. I learned so much in the past three years from Jordan Straker and from Rusty Johnson - my mentors - without whom I would not have won those prizes. Thank you all. I am planning for 2013 to be even better.
January 1, 2014 Update: 2013 was truly an outstanding year . . . the year that I started selling a lot of my work. The biggest surprise was setting a table (just a 6'one) at a nearby farmers' market on Saturday mornings! It was a spur of the moment and impulsive move thinking I'd have some fun and get fresh fruits and veggies every week. I actually sold more there than all the woodcarving shows I've attended! There were referrals, custom commission work and more referrals! I also discovered gourd carving from Jordan - who is the Master in his own class - and started experimenting with them. I am loving it and my skill on gourd carving is improving daily. Thanx, Jordan! Anyone who has not seen Jordan's work, please visit his web site - You will be amazed.
beyond belief!
Thank you for reading. May you also be blessed with a healthy and wonderful 2014.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#1 posted 1578 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 1578 days ago

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 1578 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 1578 days ago

Hello LittlePaw,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 1578 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 1578 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#7 posted 1578 days ago

Welcome to LJs a place with great people,wonderful projects,and outstanding woodworking. Enjoy.

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#8 posted 1578 days ago

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 1578 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#10 posted 1572 days ago

Welcome Neighbor!

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#11 posted 1552 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 1217 days ago

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#13 posted 1114 days ago

Nice work. How long were you in China? I have been in Taiwan for most of the past 22 years.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#14 posted 1114 days ago

I was there for 6 years and my first two kids were born there. Are you in Taiwan now? Would you agree that China (including Taiwan) and Japan are the two countries where one can learn the art of woodworking? I started with preparing and carving on bamboo which is one of the hardest materials to carve and with definite strong grains!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#15 posted 1019 days ago

Thanks for adding me to your buddies list and appreciate your comments on my cedar box. I will gladly add you to my buddy list as well.

Take care and happy 4th!

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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